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By Ehud Ben Zvi

During this selection of reviews the writer argues for a brand new realizing of the ebook of Chronicles, its balanced and nuanced theology, historiographical method and how within which the booklet serves to reshape the social reminiscence of its meant readership, in keeping with its personal a number of viewpoints and the data of the previous held by way of its group. This quantity exhibits that Chronicles communicates to its meant readership a theological worldview equipped round a number of, partial views informing and balancing one another. considerably, it's a worldview during which the constraints of even theologically "proper" wisdom are emphasised. for example, in Chronicles' earlier comparable deeds may possibly and now and then did result in very various effects. hence, whether lots of the previous is gifted to the readers as explainable, it additionally affirms that those that inhabited it may no longer are expecting the trail of destiny occasions. Chronicles is for this reason, an (hi)storiographical paintings that informs its readers that ancient and theological wisdom doesn't let prediction of destiny occasions. extra, even though Chronicles attempts to extend the "explainable" prior, it poignantly construes one of the most the most important occasions in Israel's social reminiscence as unexplainable in human phrases. therefore, Chronicles communicates to its readers that a few of YHWH's such a lot influential judgements pertaining to Israel can't be estimated or defined. it really is by contrast historical past of human problem in realizing motives and results in a previous (present and destiny) ruled by way of YHWH and the uncertainty that it brings, that the emphasis on divinely ordained, prescriptive behaviour might be obvious. The highbrow horizon of Chronicles used to be might be now not to date from that of the interpretative body of activity or Qohelet, and of those books as an entire.

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Thus the text moves from negatively portrayed preDavidic to positively portrayed post-Davidic times. The Saulide failed experiment led to the ascendance of David, and eventually to the climax of the book in David’s provisions for the building of the temple (1 Chronicles 22–29);31 monarchic Judah led to the eventual destruction of the temple, which, in turn, led to Cyrus. 32 Another instance of the balanced approach of Chronicles becomes evident. On the one hand, the conclusion moves the (hi)story of Israel from the desolation caused by Judah’s (/Israel’s) rejection of YHWH at the time of Dadivic Zedekiah – which is structurally prefigured in Saul’s period – to a restoration under the rule of a foreign king who is never construed, nor can be construed, as the king of Judah (cf.

7; cf. Exod. 34 Just as the very existence of the book of Chronicles is positive proof of a discourse in which more than one authoritative (hi)story about the past co-existed, even if there were tensions among them, the very same Chronicles points to and reflects an ideological process aimed at achieving some degree of convergence among pre-existing authoritative texts. Again, the claims that the readers of Chronicles learn from some aspects of the book are informed and balanced by other claims they also find in Chronicles.

They remain ‘the other’, as they fulfill the role of the ‘external evidence’ supporting the claims of the inner group, but are also partially Israelitized. They are construed as hybrid, most positive characters. That which Chronicles places in the past is not so divergent from the hope for the future about the nations that will come to acknowledge YHWH and the role of Zion/Jerusalem and Israel in prophetic texts. Again, despite all their differences, Chronicles and prophetic literature seems to reflect two sides of a largely shared set of basic worldviews (and cf.

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